Many consider the Rio Olympics to be an international coming out party for black excellence. It’s safe to say that a large portion of that comes from the exceptional performances from Simone Biles, the 4’8″ gymnast from Houston, Texas. After dominating in practically every event she’s competed in, Biles has finished off her Olympic performance with a fourth gold medal.
Biles’ last event was the floor exercise where she was able to execute a series of difficult moves almost flawlessly, including the one that’s been named after her, and walked away with a score for 15.966. Her teammate, Aly Raisman, who’s the defending Olympic champion in the event, came just behind her with a score of 15.500 and a silver medal, according to CNN.
While Biles’ performance isn’t shocking to anyone whose watched any Olympic coverage, it’s still extremely impressive and social media posts have already shown the kind of impact it has on young girls of color across the country.
Let’s hope her wins, as well as those of Simone Manuel and Michelle Carter, will inspire the next generation of #BlackGirlMagic to be even better than this one.